Rehman Malik thanks Taliban for maintaining Muharram peace

Published: December 6, 2011
Interior Minister says that the performance of police and security forces during the holy month was “commendable.” PHOTO: PID

Interior Minister says that the performance of police and security forces during the holy month was “commendable.” PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday thanked the Taliban for maintaining peace during Muharram on his appeal, Express News reported.

While speaking to media in Islamabad, Malik also said that the performance of police and security forces during the holy month was “commendable.”

The Interior Minister had called on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and briefed him about the security measures taken by government during Muharram processions.

Security measures for Muharram

Security was beefed up across the country in order to maintain peace as processions advanced in all cities for the ninth and 10th of Muharram.

A large number of mourners participated in the processions.

The interior ministry issued orders to restrain public and private transport near all the Imambargahs within a 500-metre range.

A control room, headed by the Interior Minister himself, in the National Crisis Management Cell was designated to monitor the situation.

Police were directed to conduct thorough checking and screening of all vehicles, motorcycles and rickshaws.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:07PM

    Next what? Thank Al Qaeda? Recommend

  • bangash
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Thanking the Taliban for not killing Pakistanis ?!!!!!


  • biryani
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:11PM

    he shd also thank U.S & CIA


  • John
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:12PM

    oh my god… Who is really running pakistan?? Is pakistan so scared and dependent on Taliban??Recommend

  • sashayub
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:13PM

    is Muharram already over…………….we just barely managed to get through the first 10 days………….and he is already thanking the police and the Taliban


  • Mirza
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:14PM

    Thanks but no thanks. When Taliban are not in power in any country we still are dependent on them for peace, shame on us! How low can we go? What good are all our WMD and over half a million army if we are at the mercy of these rag tag thugs for peace? Has Pakistan achieved its goal of being an Islamic State this way?


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 8:14PM

    What’s next? Thanking Talibans for carrying out ONLY one blast each month?


  • Sadia
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:21PM

    as if he is giving them orders to resume their activities now.


  • guest-worker
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Is This man for Real??


  • Ali Mardan
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:25PM

    *“Rehman Malik on Tuesday thanked the Taliban”*
    What an absurd statement. It clearly shows government’s incapability to tackle terrorist outfits.


  • tric
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Nobody requests & thanks terrorist organizations Dr Rehman Malik Sahab!


  • SA
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:41PM

    @sashayub: LOL!!Recommend

  • Occam's Razor
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:44PM

    he’s joking yet again


  • JustAnotherPakistani
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Why would you thank the Taliban? A bunch of murdering thugs. Make up your mind if the Taliban are our enemies or not.


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 8:53PM

    u don’t thank ur enemies for sparing uRecommend

  • Not me
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Is this guy real………………..


  • Osama
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:57PM

    This shows the pathetic and absurd approach of our government. Thank the Taliban? Why so? Even if they do intend to attack us it is the responsibility of the police to thwart the attacks. The apporpriate wording should have been:

    ‘Thank you police for your effort!’

    End of..!Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Pls consider the medal award for Taliban. Nishan-e- Pakistan would be equivalent for Taliban generosity.


    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:59PM

    A few months back the Punjab CM pleaded with the terrorist organisations to spare his state from more bomb blasts and now the Interior Minister has openly thanked Taleban for maintaining peace in Pakistan during Muharram. Is the state being run at the mercy of militant organisations ??


  • Taliban
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Your welcome ;p


  • Sunny
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:02PM

    thanked Talibans for killing only 58 and that too in Kabul? it is time to speak to Khadim-e-Kharmain to stop this killing taking next flight to Jeddah.


  • Asad
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:04PM

    This man is a real star never lets any chance of media appearance go off…We as a nation have developed a habit of exaggerating achievements too early. Should have waited till the end of tonight’s processions at least !Recommend

  • rehmat
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:08PM

    So now that the Pak state is actively establishing its sovereignty vis-a-vis USA, the next step will be to establish it vis-avis the terrorist outfits such as Taliban. Currently, Rehman Malik has no confidence that he can protect Shias from undue harm in the month on Muharram- so he thanks Taliban for not causing harm. That shows that government has no writ on its own terrirory vis-avis Taliban. Looks like Mr. Malik forgot to thank Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for not indulging in terror.


  • Cautious
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:16PM

    He’s an uncontrollable force Recommend

  • epicurus
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:16PM

    a condition where a leader has to thank butchers for not killing is a defeat of humanity, of resilience , and of ISlam!!!!!!!!!


  • DB
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:16PM

    What can you expect from civilian “democratic” government?


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 9:17PM

    OMG….tell me he did not just thank the Taliban, after all the beefed up security and tensions, thanks to their past massacres…

    What is wrong with this country…Recommend

  • Muhammad Tauqeer
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:19PM

    He should not be thankful to TALIBAN,thank stance taken after NATO attack


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:26PM

    I think Mr. Rehman Malik has thanked all those people who did not conducted any terrorist activity during Moharram processions in the country and have collectively called them “Taliban”.


  • Balma
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:29PM

    Another case of bad English skills of our politicians, our journalists…..


  • Dee
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Rehman baba you rock our world, seriously! I am still nauseous from the vertigo….


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 9:56PM

    And what about thanks to the police and security men and peaceful and vigilant Pakistani citizens?.

    No need to thank the Taliban..they were just busy in committing another bomb blast massacre in Afghanistan.

    Unless that is what you meant…’thank you for targeting Afghans instead of Pakistanis this time’.

    Afghanistan bombs kill 58 in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif

    When will people of Pak seriously realize these criminals aren’t your ‘brothers’…they are Kharjites, they are murderers…Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Afghan Taliban under Mulla Umar did keep peace and provide security to the masses, this is recognized by the international community. I think there is a need to learn from them


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 10:05PM

    Wonder why the “Suicide Attacks (actually REMOTE CONTROLLED EXPLOSIONS)” have slowed down since ISI kicked out majority of CIA operatives and contractors from Pakistan after “Raymond Davis & May 2 Incidents”????


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 10:08PM

    But if Talibans are responsible for maintaining peace, why do we have police and Rangers? Mr Rehman Malik why are you there and spending public funds?


  • narayana murthy
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:10PM

    So much for the sovereignty of Pakistan!!!


  • Nurmomad
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Another PhD degree is overdue.

    Karachi University!


  • Anwar Hasan
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:32PM

    Thank you Mr. Taliban for not killing innocent men, women and children. Children will not become orphans and parents will not lose their children in mindless killing. Thank you Mr. Taliban for avoiding so much bloodshed in Pakistan and bringing so much happiness and joy to us miserable Pakistanis. Once again thank you.

    Thank you Mr. Rahman Malik for thanking Mr. Taliban on our behalf. May God bless you and your family where ever they are in the world (I think they are in Europe).


  • Osama
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Talibans are no terrorists….. U kill their families,, they retaliate in return…. U dnt kill their families, they don’t harm you… I knw many Liberal Fascist will not agree,,, After all, Pakistan is now looking back towards the Talibans now as they have shaken their relations with U.S.


  • Voice of Baloch
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:36PM

    WOww… Now U.S. should thank Al Qaida for not attacking them again after 9/11


  • Amb
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:37PM

    errr…….thanking the taliban!!!!!!!…..who was leaving behind all those explosives!!!


  • Fawad
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Talibans means students. Taliban please remain close friends to Pakistan and donot harm us.


  • sadiq
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:42PM

    why rehman malik thanks taliban?is talibans are responsible for our securhty ?then whats about lives of our army and other security agencies? what is actual reason behind rehman malik says ??one thing is clear that shame on u . we r hussainies we can face all challanges we learnt it from our beloved leader hazrat imam hussain a.s


  • Mahesh Patil
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Khuda! Please help Pakistan.


  • Hussain
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:43PM

    So its bad to thank them to not to explode themselves in the middle of juloos and allowing the juloos to go well? Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) taught us to treat the villians right and good, so that their heart melts and starts loving our religion … That’s how he achieved Big Muslim Nation in the middle of non-muslims by treating them good … Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) didn’t spread Islam with Sword(Nauzobillah) … We got to show them talibans that we are great muslim nation and we got to stop our fights and spread peace and not terrorism and show them that we all are enemies of Zionists


  • Kamran Paracha
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:51PM

    We all should thank the robbers and dacoits everyday we don’t get robbed.


  • Noise
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:53PM

    The leadership is cravenRecommend

  • Mirza
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Are we going to thanks the UK or Indians that they have not bombed us? We condemn the US for bombing. We should start praising them when they stop bombing. Recommend

  • Sultan Mehmood
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:06PM

    All of you people.. you just watch some liberals on TV shows and how to bash others. Where did he thanks Taliban? Don’t you read te entire piece? It’s just that ET has put it on the caption as what they thinks he did. Godd You people need a life!Recommend

  • Shabbir
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Thanks For Taliban ???????
    Woh!!! For What ????
    For Not Killing Pakistanies ???
    Uff!! Pakistanies Leaders ,,,??


  • ashok sai
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Does he means after muharam talibans are allowed to create chaos ? This is also reflects the ground reality prevailing in the country, instead of bashing him, people should think who likes these ASSETS.


  • JustAnotherPakistani
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:05AM

    @Osama you’re totally out of line here. The Taliban have tried to force their flawed and barbaric lifestyle on us. When we don’t agree with their rubbish they try and intimidate us with suicide bombers and mass murder. The state fights back as best as it can, which in my opinion isn’t hard enough. We should ruthlessly kill all Taliban, blow up their seminaries, and destroy anyone offering them support or succor. The full might of the army should be targeted at them. I’d like to see tanks, heavy artillery and full scale air operations against their hideouts. A good Taliban is a dead Taliban.


  • Arindom
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:20AM

    Pakistanis have taken to thanking terrorists now!! LOL!


  • Umar
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:23AM

    thanx taliban for not killing pakistani


  • Jawad U Rehman
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:23AM

    What’s next? Thanking them for letting our children go to school without being blown up? How about thanking them when a visitor to the country returns without getting kidnapped and handed over to Alqaeda? We should also not forget to thank them for leaving the other 180 million alive while only killing 40,000 of us. It would be travesty if we are not appreciative of their efforts for destroying our economy thus saving us from the developed world’s corruption. And last but not the least, we should thank Taliban for being so kind as to let us breathe and talk – at least for the time being.


  • Ali Mardan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Retaliation, what kind of retaliation is this? killing of unarmed, innocent civilian is a retaliation. They (Taliban) consider the whole Pakistanis as infidels except them. What they did with civilians in Afghanistan when they were in power? They killed hundreds and thousands of people just because of their affiliation to a sect they don’t like.


  • You Said It
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:37AM

    This is so unfair.
    * India hasn’t killed any Pakistanis this year.
    * Israel has not killed any Pakistanis in my memory.
    * The US and NATO have also not killed any Pakistanis this week.

    Where are our manners – why have we not thanked them. We need to send them a bouquet of flowers with a thank you card immediately. My eternal thanks and deep gratitude to India, Israel, US and NATO.


  • ahmed mukhtar
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:38AM

    first time i ever pleased with the statment of rehman malik.He should be thanked to taliban coz there is nt a single way discovered to stop the self suciding nt even in pakistan bt all over the world it happened.
    My brothers if u calmly think abt it you will certainly agree.Pardon me if attack done by some terrorist govt simply gives a brief grief statement and thats it.nthing going to be harsh with them only we the nation faces the loss as being faced in past.


  • ahmed mukhtar
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:40AM

    And i request to all please dont over react with all these scinearios


  • You Said It
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:44AM

    Faking News, dateline Feb 14, 2012:
    “Pakistan to Taliban: Will you be my Valentine?”


  • Aryan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:50AM

    I hope you meant uncontrollable FARCE.


  • No
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:08AM

    hahaha… i just the read the headlines and thats enough


  • faraz
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:21AM


    Afghan Taliban killed 55 Shias today in suicide bombing in Kabul


  • Alisa
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Why am I not surprised.

    Well look at the bright side. Atleast he gets the country cracking up with every word he speaks. Interior Minister. HAH!Recommend

  • Asif Hussain
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:10AM

    Yes he can thank Taliban because he directs them and they follow his instructions. Now think of Benazir Murder and Taliban link and may be Rahman Malik link????He was security in-charge and he ran from that spot as if he knew what’s going to happen.


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 3:37AM


    Typical American!!!!!!!!!!! When are you going to learn diplomacy!

    We say oin Germany:”Mit Speck fängt man Mäuse!”

    In English:” With bacon you can catch a mouse!”


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 4:00AM


    REMEMBER:People change!

    There was ALSO inquisition in Western Europe…not anymore!

    Chatolics and Evangelists werre killing each other in religious wars…NOT anymore!

    Therefore I believe,that Taliban can change their way of thinking,their moral attitude(actually it is better than the moral of the DECADENT West!).


  • MarkH
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:15AM

    It has basically already been said by others already but I just can’t help it.
    Pathetic and submissive. As if you don’t run your own country and are grateful they let you live another day out of mercy.


  • Babloo
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:25AM

    Taleban is now a stake-holder , a part of the establsihment. Please address them with respect and deference.


  • Dr.Kumail Hussain
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:01AM

    Yes thank you taliban for years of killing innocent pakistanis, brain-washing vulnearable children, abducting people, extortion, burning girls schools, throwing acid on peoples faces(directly or indirectly), undermining islamic values, making a living mockery of Pakistan. Thank You!.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Dec 7, 2011 - 9:20AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Rehman Malik said “thanks to Taliban for maintaining peace during Muharram” in other furtive/secret words Rehman Malik wants to say and is sending message to the nation especially Taliban leadership that Taliban are the only cause of any mishaps/killings/bomb blasts in Pakistan especially on the Holy occasions in Pakistan and most especially importantly Rehman Malik is accusing Taliban of any mishaps/killings/bomb blasts in Pakistan.Very well said Rehman Mailk.


  • positive pakistani
    Dec 7, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Come on guys!…don’t take rehman malik’s statements serious…he often has not been careful at speaking publicly….


  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 7, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Najam Sethi Analysis: Actually, GoP is doing negotiations/peace talk with TTP considering the prevailing situation at borders and possible fly of NATO from Afghanistan. This message is a signal or good gesture sort of thing just to help the ongoing peace talks. Dont take things serious.

    My comment: Dont get emotional and see ground realities. We have to pull ourselves away from this war.


  • Sainkhan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Nowhere in the article I read that he thanked Taliban. If he said it quote it.


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 1:55PM

    You mean NATO backed TTP?


    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:11PM

    this statement was not actually for the masses rather this was probably warning AND message for the world that talibans are still under the controll of pakistani AGENCIES and ESTABLISHMENT..SO you cant bring piece in afghanistan without pakistan’s collaboration..Talibans could be made as strong as they were in past…people for whom this statment is issued,will understand it…


  • Babloo
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Looks like Taleban has been re-directed to wreck sectarian killings in Afganistan.


  • Sinner Proselytizers.
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:13PM

    It is this man’s absolute and total helplessness in this situation that has brought out this absurd statement.
    The establishment is totally at their mercy and and are living by the will of the Taliban.
    Very sadly, the statement reflects the surrender to extremists and also is a sign of things to come in Pakistan.


  • rehmat
    Dec 7, 2011 - 11:04PM

    @Sainkhan: “Nowhere in the article I read that he thanked Taliban. If he said it quote it”.

    Please see the very first sentence of the article ” Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday thanked the Taliban for maintaining peace during Muharram on his appeal, Express News reported”. If you go to U-tube, you can hear his exact words stated in Urdu. No doubt he said it.


  • Dec 9, 2011 - 2:04AM

    @Dr.Kumail Hussain:

    You are right,Dr.Hussain!

    We ,ALL,know,that the Taliban commited hideous acts by burning girls schools;by commiting suicide attacks on civilians;by killing anybody,who colaborates with NATO and soooooooooooo on.

    But look at the Western European history…Germans and French were killing each other in

    wars,starting from Napoleon until the WWII. The poor people were also brain-wasched against the Jews;against the Russians;against the French and everybody else,who did not belong to the ARIAN race.

    Sixty years later the Germans and French are friends and working together.

    You,Afghani and Pakistani,SIMPLY do not have another choice than give Taliban a power share.Otherwise the vicious circle of violence will continue.The Taliban will continue killing innocent civilians,hoping to bring the Government to it’s knees and the Army will continue killing their families in Warigistan or Swat Valley.


  • Dec 9, 2011 - 2:13AM


    Oooooooooooooh;Ja! The West German politicians were ALSO EVEN shaking hands with the communists in the previous GDR and visiting them in Erfurt or East Berlin.

    Once Germany was united ,the West threw them in prisons for commiting tortures against the “freedom fighters” in East Germnay.

    Politic is a DIRTY business! Churchill said:”In politics there are NO friendships,but interests!”


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